Infant Jesus Chruch Bangalore

On the 29th day of June, Most Rev. Dr S. Lourduswami, the Secretary of Sacred Congregation from Rome, for the people’s Evangelization, came down and laid the foundation of the Infant Jesus Church in a massive gathering of God’s followers and people of Bangalore. After many years of the making, this beautiful structure was inaugurated by the Archbishop of the then Bangalore, Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Most Rev. Dr. Pedro Lopez Quintana, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Pinto and by the Archdiocese of Bangalore- Archbishop Emeritus,

Architects of the Thomas Associates created a splendid design for the church hall, which looks like a fan. With a capacity to accommodate, of about, 2500 people inside and nine faces and openings all around the church, along with the mezzanine area and basement parking, the church became a one of its kind structure on its own.

The podium is a little above than the level of the aisle with ramps on the both sides and steps to climb. This architecture is so unique that no matter where people are sitting, they will feel that the altar is facing them, irrespective of how far they are from it. The nativity church in Jerusalem is a huge inspiration for this church’s mural which is 54 square meters (6X9 m) replicating the nativity of theirs.


History of Infant Jesus Church

The inaccessibility of pastoral care from the sacred Bangalore’s Heart Parish, which extended to many parts like the now Viveknagar (then Sonyanahalli) in the mid-sixties, was deeply observed by Rev. Fr. Paul Kinatukara. He was the parish priest of one of the most famous churches then, The Sacred Heart Church. He realized the far-off distance from god’s shadow here and felt the need to have a separate parish for the regions around Sonyahalli. He undertook a long search to find a suitable land for the church’s structure to stand on. However, he was unsuccessful.

A well- maintained garden of Roses from where every week, lakhs of beautiful roses were exported, attracted the priest immediately and he thought of buying the land but since it was beneficial for the economy, he was skeptical about the idea. However, a mysterious power drove him to go for the land and he made up his mind to do so. On suggestion, he began to pray.  Since then, with every passing day, he bowed to the Infant Jesus of Prague for about two months and his prayers were answered immediately. In such short span of time, he was able to buy the land at a very cheap cost.

A shrine was built on the land in 1969 on 18th day of April with the foundation laid by the then Archbishop of Bangalore- Most Rev. Dr S. Lourduswami; and with the first parish priest as Rev. Fr. L. Peter in 1971. He celebrated the success by buying the Statue of the Infant Jesus from the Sacred Heart Church and placed it in an old tent under the name ‘Tent Church’ for 8 long years.

In spite of the fact that venomous reptiles, snakes, thick vegetation without a streetlight at night, surrounded the church, it did not affect the flocking up of faithful people coming there. 

Then in 1972, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, Most Rev. Dr.P.Arokiaswamy erected a new parish. After two years from here, the local authorities denied the built up for the new church saying that they need approval form the href="http://www.bdabangalore.org/">Bangalore Development Authority. Five years of struggle and determination led to the announcement by Fr.Peter that the plan has been approved with a full waiver of the development charges that was around half a lakh. This happened On 26th October 1977.

All these miraculous events formed a chain occurring only on Thursdays. So this day was dedicated to the Infant Jesus.

With a base-line of Infant Jesus Shrine in Bangalore, saying,
“The more you honour me, the more I will bless you”, the followers are spreading god’s words across with every passing day.

Finally in 1979, the Secretary of Sacred Congregation, Most Rev. Dr S. Lourduswami, came down from Rome and laid the foundation of target="_blank">Infant Jesus Church in Bangalore. This church was inaugurated on 22 June 1989 adjacent to the shrine.


Mass Timings:

Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Friday Saturday:
5:54 a.m.     KANNADA
6:00 a.m.     ENGLISH
6:30 a.m.     TAMIL
11:15 a.m.    TAMIL

Thursday:
5.45 a.m.    TAMIL & ENGLISH
6.30 a.m.    ENGLISH
9.00 a.m.    TELUGU
10.00 a.m.  KANNADA
11.15 a.m.  TAMIL
4.00 p.m.    KONKANI
5.00 p.m.    ENGLISH
6.00 p.m.    TAMIL

Sunday:
5.45 a.m.    TAMIL
7.00 a.m.    ENGLISH
8.30 a.m.    TAMIL
10.00 a.m.  KANNADA
11.15 a.m.  TAMIL
5.00 p.m.    ENGLISH
6.00 p.m.    TAMIL

The Annual Feasts

4 January:               Flag Hoisting

5-13 January:          Novena Days [Same mass timings on Thursday except Sunday]

Weekdays Masses Timings:

5.45 a.m.     ENGLISH & TAMIL
6.30 a.m      ENGLISH
8.00 a.m.     KANNADA
9.00 a.m.     TELUGU
10.00 a.m.   KANNADA
11.15 a.m.   TAMIL
3.00 p.m.     MALAYALAM
4.00 p.m.     KONKANI
5.00 p.m.     ENGLISH
6.00 p.m.     TAMIL

Sunday Special Timings

5.45 a.m.    TAMIL
7.00 a.m.    ENGLISH
8.30 a.m.    TAMIL
10.00 a.m.  KANNADA         
11.15 a.m.  TAMIL    
3.00 p.m.   MALAYAYAM
4.00 p.m.   KONKANI
5.00 p.m.   ENGLISH
6.00 p.m.   TAMIL

(P.S.: Mass Marriage on one Sunday during 10 am mass, mass will be at 11.30)


14 January:             Grand Chariot Procession (Feast Day)

5.00 a.m.    Volunteer's Mass (English, Kanadda & Tamil)
5.45 a.m.    TAMIL & ENGLISH
6.30 a.m.    ENGLISH
8.00 a.m.   KANNADA
9:00 a.m.    TELUGU
10.00 a.m.  KANNADA
11:15 a.m.  TAMIL
3.00 p.m.    MALAYALAM
4.00 p.m.    KONKANI
5.00 p.m.    ENGLISH
6.00 p.m.    TAMIL

Followed by Procession and Benediction


Services

•    The church provides with a Pilgrim Center inside the church campus.
It consists of 10 rooms (2/3 bedrooms) and Halls (for large groups).
Advance booking facility is available only for Halls.

•    Every Saturday the Church conducts free Bible course classes in two languages (English & Tamil) in the Pilgrim Centre at Hall No. 3.
This is guided and carried by Rev Fr Stanislaus who is a professor in St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore.


Contact Details

Rev-Wise Contact Details:

The Rector (Shrine)
Rev. Fr Roys,
 Infant Jesus Shrine,
PO No. 4712, Vivek Nagar
Bangalore India
91-080-25567351
ijsvnagarblr47@yahoo/rediffmail.com

Parish Priest (Church)
Rev. Fr Balraj. R, 
Infant Jesus Church, PO No. 4712, Vivek Nagar
Bangalore India
91-080-25301206
ijsvnagarblr47@yahoo/rediffmail.com

The Asistant Rector (Shrine)
Rev. Fr Michael Y, 
Infant Jesus Shrine, PO No. 4712, Viveknagar
Bangalore India
91-080-25301206
ijsvnagarblr47@yahoo/rediffmail.com

The Asistant Parish Priest (Parish)
Rev. Fr Vincent Santhosh,
Infant Jesus Church, PO No. 4712, Viveknagar
Bangalore India
91-080-25301206
 ijsvnagarblr47@yahoo/rediffmail.com

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